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Re: Organised Chaos.

John, the operation of FM voice satellites is a travesty for ham radio...

I've been licensed for 57 years, on amateur satellites for 33 years 
(Oscar 7) and the FM voice operation is the most ridiculous 
aberration I've witnessed in all of amateur radio...Pandemonium 
exists here also!!

It is pretty obvious NO COMMUNICATION exists on AO51,
all of their communication is on here.  Why do they bother to turn 
the radio on???

Many of us attended AMSAT a lot conventions in an attempt to 
discourage throwing that money "down the tubes" on FM voice, to no 
avail.  Someone had an "ax to grind", and several of the existing 
"powers that be" in AMSAT-NA told me to "mind my own business".  They 
were obviously the "ax grinders".

FM voice on the amateur satellites is about equal to the same degree 
of difficulty as a cell phone operation!

No wonder our membership is deteriorating.

Ancient AO7 and present VO52 hopefully are keeping some interest, 
until Europe launches P3E....

That's where my donations go.....

At 10:14 AM 5/13/2008, you wrote:

>In 17 years of satellite operating - and literally thousands of 
>QSO's, I'm proud of the fact that I have actually had 2 - (that's 
>two, folks) - QSO's on FM. I believe the last one was W3SM/OE on 
>AO-27 about 10 years ago.
>For want of something better to do today I went outside with my 
>arrow aerial, a MYCOM handheld scanner and a little IC-E91 (also 
>handheld) to have a listen to AO-51 ... (I've heard it described as a "zoo").
>I monitored the 16:15Z pass over Russia/LA/Europe/UK and what I 
>heard can only be described as the worst operating I've heard in 41 
>years of radio.
>I also sincerely hope that the standard of operating (read: 
>disipline/ proceedure) is better in North America than it is in 
>Europe - actually, I've listened via N1DID and Echolink, as well as 
>the promo video so I know it is.

            73, Dave, WB6LLO

                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

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